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Hence, restaurants usually have a pleasant view, of which Lebanon's geography affords many. Ramadan , the Muslim month of fasting, is the occasion for large meals at sundown.Soup, fatteh (a chick pea and yogurt dish), and karbooj (a nut-rich pastry) are especially eaten during Ramadan.In the medieval period, Christian minorities often helped the Crusaders.This created a close relationship between Lebanese Christians, particularly the Maronites, and Europe, particularly France. Lebanon is bounded on the north and east by Syria, on the west by the Mediterranean, and on the south by Israel.Lebanon consists of two mountain chains, the Lebanon and the ante-Lebanon; a narrow coastal strip, where all the major cities lie; and a fertile plain, the Bekaa valley, which lies between the two mountain chains and provides most of the local agricultural produce.Later, France gave Lebanon a parliamentary system and, for the first time in the Middle East, created a nation where Christians had a strong political presence: each government office was apportioned to a representative of the country's main sects, with the presidency reserved for the Maronite Christians.The privileging of Christians in governmental positions was one of the main reasons for the civil war, when the population percentage shifted in favor of the Muslims. Although the various communities in Lebanon share a similar ethnic background, the fact that they are of different religions and they define their cultural and often geographical boundaries through religious affiliation has always been a source of discord.
Since most people live in city apartments, the only Lebanese who grow their own food live in mountain villages and some coastal towns. Private property is very common and encouraged in Lebanon, although the government still owns most public services.
Lebanon has seen many invasions, which introduced new cultures and languages.
The Canaanites, the first known settlers in the country, spoke a Semitic language.
Lebanese people gather for sports, political events, and concerts.
The Lebanese prefer to hold public gatherings in open-air and historical locations. The Lebanese enjoy hummus (a chick pea dip), fool (a fava bean dip), and other bean dishes.
The average life expectancy for those born at the end of the twentieth century was 69.35 years.